March 06, 2012 Articles

Books Every Young Appellate Lawyer Should Own and Use

Any young lawyer wishing to focus on appellate practice should check these books out.

By Dennis Owens

To start, here is a list of the books that every young lawyer who wishes to focus on appellate practice should have.

  • Eugene Gressman, et alia, Supreme Court Practice, 2007, Ninth Edition, 2009, BNA
  • Mayer Brown, Federal Appellate Practice, 2008, BNA
  • Bryan A. Garner, The Elements of Legal Style, Second Edition, 2002, Oxford University Press
  • William Strunk and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, any edition, 1972, et seq., Macmillian
  • Bryan A. Garner, The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts, Second Edition, 2003, West
  • Michael E. and Jane B. Tigar, Federal Appeals: Jurisdiction and Practice, Third Edition, 1999, West
  • Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, 2008, West
  • David G. Knibb, Federal Court of Appeals Manual, Fourth Edition, 2000, West
  • Girvan Peck, Writing Persuasive Briefs, 1984, Little, Brown
  • Kenneth F. Ripple, Constitutional Litigation, 1984, Michie
  • John G. Koeltl and John Kierman, editors, The Litigation Manual: Special Problems and Appeals, Third Edition, 1999, ABA
  • Anne Marie Lofaso, editor, A Practitoner’s Guide to Appellate Advocacy, 2010, ABA
  • Steven Wisotsky, Professional Judgment on Appeal: Bringing and Opposing Appeals, Second Edition, 2009, Carolina Academic Press
  • Frederick Bernays Wiener, Effective Appellate Advocacy, Revised Edition, 2004 ABA

But there are two more books that deserve a more in-depth treatment. The first is:

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